Spicy Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

It’s Taco Tuesday so you know what that means, spicy, smoked pulled pork tacos on the menu! I’m sure you all know how to make tacos but I wanted to share this quick and easy spicy pork tacos recipe. I picked up this great smoked pulled pork from Sam’s Club recently. If you’re not familiar with Sam’s Club, it’s a warehouse retailer run by Walmart and similar to Costco. They’re pretty much all over the US and sell products in bulk to subscribed members.

Smoked Pull Pork

The pulled pork is under the club’s signature brand, Member’s Mark and is available in the refrigerated meats section. I usually make my own filling for tacos but this is a great way to save time. The pork is already cooked and all you have to do is heat it up and serve! They also have hardwood smoked, pull apart chicken for $10 for a two pound package.

Member's Mark Pulled Pork package

The Prep

I just followed the instructions on the package for heating up the pork and while that was cooking, I prepped all the ingredients. I chopped up and diced the toppings for the tacos and then made a quick and easy guacamole.

vegetable preparation

To make the guacamole, get a bowl and mix in the avocados, tomatoes, onion and cilantro, squeeze a half of lemon, then add salt & pepper to taste.

The Assembly

Just before the pork is done heating up, add the hot sauce and pull pork apart with a fork. Heat up the corn tortillas and assemble your tacos. I’ve made tortillas from scratch before but this time I just used Mission tortillas. I also like my tacos with simple ingredients; meat, onions, jalapenos & cilantro. A salsa isn’t necessary for this because you’ll want to taste the smokiness of the pork. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime.

pork tacos

Bring it all together

Try these smoked pulled pork tacos and let me know what you think. It has crispy bits, it’s flavorful and so tender, you’ll think it came right off the pit! You’ll only need to use a small portion for a few tacos and save the rest for pull pork sandwiches. This is great for parties as well – set up a taco bar and let everyone make their own! Serve the guacamole with these blue chips, so delicious!

Is this something you think you’ll make? Would love to see what you make – tag me on Instagram or Twitter! XO

Spicy Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich made with Slowcooker Pork Roast

This is another dish I made with the pernil (pork roast) I made the other day. The thing about making roasts is either you better have several people around to help eat it all or be prepared to have it for days. I ate it for about 3 days straight then I froze some and gave some away. I still have some in the freezer for a pozole that I want to make. A couple of days ago I showed you the spicy pork tacos I made and here is the spicy pulled pork BBQ hero. I was so excited I forgot to take a nice picture for you so here it is after I bit into it! Newbie blogger mistake but you get the picture, right?

Once you make the roast, everything else is so easy. I basically took a fork to a nice chunk of meat and shredded it. I added my favorite BBQ sauce, Brothers Gold BBQ sauce, added a little extra hot sauce and that was it! This would make a great weekday dinner with a side salad, actually, it would be great anytime!

Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich
Pork Roast, pulled apart
Brothers Gold BBQ sauce
2 tsp Cholula hot sauce

Mix pork, BBQ sauce, hot sauce and pile on a crusty roll, done.

Spicy Pork Carnitas Tacos made with Slowcooker Pork Roast

Until recently, I had never used a slow cooker before. I’ve had one for over 8 years that my sister gave me because at first I thought I would use it for making hot-process soaps. Yeah, I used to make soaps and spa products years ago and had a small home-based business but the market was saturated with soap makers so put my energy elsewhere. Anyhow, I never used it….sorry sis…I’m sure she wants it back now! ha! BUT wait, I finally put it to good use and can’t believe I waited this long. Slow cookers and crock pots are AWESOME! You get to dump stuff in and walk away for hours. You can go to work and dinner is ready when you come back home or the gym, run a few errands, go buy those shoes you saw the other day and voila, mealtime! Why didn’t I do this sooner?

So I wiped off that dust and gave it a good scrub. I had been checking out a few recipes online for ribs, chili and stews but instead decided to make a pork roast, a pernil! Pernil is a traditional pork roast made for special events in Spanish Caribbean homes, it’s often made during the holidays, Easter or any party for that matter. The main ingredients are simple but the flavors are huge.

I quickly learned about the “mush” factor when making meats in slow cookers…not very appetizing. The skin doesn’t brown or gets crispy enough. What you can do is just finish the roast in the broiler for a couple of minutes on both sides and no one will ever know it was made in a slow cooker. Another great thing about cooking with a slow cooker is the meat is so tender it just falls off the bone!

I got a small pork roast, about 4 1/2 lbs so it could fit easily in my 8 qt slow cooker. That’s enough meat for 6-8 people but if you’re not cooking for that many like myself, you can save it in the refrigerator or freeze what you’re not going to eat right away. This way you can use the pork to make several types of dishes. I made pork (carnitas) tacos, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, had pork with ripe sweet plantains, there are so many options. Below are the tacos I made with just a little of the shredded meat.

In the next few posts I’ll show you the other dishes I made using the roast. You can get really creative with this and once you have a well seasoned roast you can kick up the heat how ever you like. The idea is to get cooking and get creative! I’m going to try a pozole as well so wish me luck!

Slow Cooker Pork Roast (Pernil)

4-5 lbs pork shoulder or butt roast
1 large onion, cubed
8 cloves garlic, minced
8 limes, juiced
2 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Adobo

Mix garlic, lime, oregano, Adobo in a bowl and blend well. Spread mixture all over the roast. Really work it in and try to get it under skin. Poke holes in roast with a knife and stuff some of the mixture inside. Let roast marinate overnight in refrigerator.

Turn on slow cooker and set to high heat. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray or use butter instead. Toss in the chopped onion so the roast can rest on top of the onions, this will prevent roast from sticking or burning. Add roast and pour all of the mixture over the roast, close lid and cook for 6 hours. You can also cook on low heat and let it cook for 8 hours instead.

Once roast is ready, carefully remove from cooker and place in roasting dish. Be very careful as roast will be very tender and you don’t want it to fall apart.

Broil roast for about 3-4 minutes on each side to brown the skin as shown above.

Pork Tacos

Shredded Pork Roast
Red Guajillo Pepper Sauce
1 small red onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1 tbsp cilantro
Cholula hot sauce
Lime wedge, juiced
corn tortillas

Toss the shredded pork with some of the red sauce in a pan and heat up a bit. Assemble your tacos by placing pork in tortilla, sprinkle with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, red guajillo sauce, hot sauce and squeeze of lime.

Spicy Pork Wontons with Dipping Sauce

This week I’m celebrating the Chinese New Year with food! I’m preparing a few of my favorite dishes, well at least the easier ones, kicked up a bit with spice! I’ve been looking for simple recipes for a while and found an Asian inspired meatball recipe and thought it would make a great wonton filling. The recipe called for turkey meatballs but I wanted to work with ground pork for my wontons so I omitted a few ingredients and added some spice. This meatball/filling is so incredibly good you can make anything with it. I can definitely see an Asian inspired burger in the near future! So even if you don’t celebrate Chinese New Year you can make this recipe your own and serve it for any gathering.

Here’s what I did…I chopped up a couple of scallions, added soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and hot chile peppers to ground pork and mixed it up really well.

I then spooned about a tsp of meat into center of wrappers and shaped the wontons. The first couple I made were terrible but I got the hang of it once I got into my groove. This was actually fun and couldn’t wait to taste them. I felt like kid completing a really important project for school except I was going to do the grading!


Spicy Pork Wontons
recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, makes over 2 dozen

Ingredients:
1 lb of ground pork
2 tbsp of soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp of sesame oil
3 scallions, chopped
2 hot chile peppers (Indian or Thai), chopped
wonton wrappers
canola oil for frying

1. Mix together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and blend well with fork. Cover and let sit in frig for at least 1 hour.

2. Line up your wonton wrappers on a board and spoon in 1 teaspoon of meat mixture in the center of wrapper.

3. Dab your finger in water and wet the edges of wrapper. Folder over wrapper to cover meat so you’ll be left with triangle shape. Grab each of the longer ends of triangle and bring together to form a little bonnet. Dab with a bit of water so the ends stick together.

4. Heat up oil in saute pan and add wonton wrappers when oil is hot. Do not let the oil smoke. Make sure its on medium heat and fry wrappers for 2 minutes on each side. Make these in small batches so its more manageable. Transfer cooked wrappers to paper towels to absorb oil and serve with dipping sauce.

I only used half the batch to make wontons and decided to reserve enough for two burger patties that I froze, then I made these spicy little pork meatballs! This is a very versatile recipe and I’m sure you can think of many ways to have this so please enjoy!!

Spicy Pork Meatballs

Just roll 1-2 tsp of meat between palms and fry mini meatballs in oil, enough oil to coat pan. Fry on medium heat for about 3 minutes making sure to fry on side first then the other. These are mouth-watering good! Definitely making these again for the Superbowl!!!